Jemal Nebez Award

Jemal Nebez was a very thorough and multidisciplinary thinker. He applied the approach he developed - guided by moral and scientific principles - in all spheres of his life. 

His first intellectual love was for the natural sciences. At college, he chose the teaching profession for high schools and the subjects of physics and mathematics.

In the years before, his versatile talents had already become evident. His father had him taught several languages as a child, and as an adolescent, he began to write his own texts.

As years went by, he proved his extraordinary abilities in many fields. He was able to recognize linguistic connections, enrich the science of history, and investigate the causes of the disadvantages of his people in a lifelong and incorruptible way and expose several of them.

As a scientist and knowledge-based character, he was considered a human capital who was well-known for his trustworthiness and wise judgment in social and political arenas.

All this together, not least the fact that Jemal Nebez was a Kurd and consciously identified himself as such in all situations in life, made him a towring thinker and an exceptional personality.


Awarding the Jemal Nebez Prize to individuals, groups, or projects

The standardized fields in which the Jemal Nebez Science Prize can be awarded are extensive, namely politics, law, history, linguistics, art, literature, music, mathematics, medicine, and natural science.

The Jemal Nebez Science Prize can be awarded to individuals worthy of distinction as well as to groups or projects.


Biennial Award

Ideally, the prize should be awarded every two years.


Outsourced search for and selection of suitable candidates

Upon a suggestion from the Advisory Board, in February 2022, the Executive Board submitted an inquiry to the authorities as to whether our outsourcing the identification of suitable candidates for the Jemal Nebez Award and having them shortlisted for us was acceptable. We were informed that there were no objections under foundation law to this procedure. In March of this year, we commissioned Sirwan Renas (from Rojhelat or Eastern Kurdistan, who currently lives in the USA) to form a multi-member commission as he sees fit. Sirwan Renas is not only familiar with the works of our namesake, he had been in contact and exchange with him when he was still alive.

If you have any suggestions on possible candidates, please contact Sirwan Renas, either directly to [sirwaanrenas@gmail.com] - or addressed to the Jemal Nebez Award Team  [zanist@jemalnebez.org]

First Jemal Nebez Award to be bestowed in 2023. 

The list of candidates considered will be closed by end of November when the deliberations on chosing the most suitable first awardee will start. See following PDF for more information concerning dates and procedure, including short biographies of all members of the Jemal Nebez Award Team so far.